Star Trek 50: Mission New York!
Star Trek 50: Mission New York!
So how was Star Trek: Mission New York at the Javits Center in New York City from September 2nd to 4th in 2016?
It was both fun and disappointing. As a long time fan of Start Trek, it was kind of sad to see the entire experience to be about getting as much money as they could from the fans. The lack of interaction between the stars and the fans was disheartening.
Jonathan Frakes and Gates McFadden
If you went all three days, it was probably glorious. If you only went one day like me, the only contact available with the original stars (Koening and Shatner) required expensive autographs or photographs) and the only panel with the Next Generation stars was so crowded, it was easier to watch the video screens than to see them onstage. William Shatner attended the event only on Sunday as he was in Toronto the day before at another event, so I didn't even get to see him.
Even so, the fans were exhuberant. The excitement was palpable from the youngest fan to the oldest. When the panel began for the newest iteration of Star Trek coming to CBS Online, Discovery, it began with a video from Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller. It basically gave us nothing but a quick view of the ship and the reason for the name. Not much to make me want to pay to watch a show that should be free with the cable fees we already pay to watch CBS.
But hey, this is Star Trek. We've been through good movies, bad movies, good series and mediocre series. And they've all done well. Why shouldn't CBS/Paramount come up with another way to get more cash from us to transport us to the future where money is not supposed to be the overriding interest?
And during the Next Generation panel, you got the overwhelming feeling that the past stars are not that thrilled with CBS/Paramount. Michael Dorn said that his project involving Worf is "pretty much dead with the new show coming out" and Marina Sirtis put forward her wish "to be the new voice of he computer," ending it with "Are you listening CBS?"
The best part of the entire event was the fans. It is always fun to see how detailed the role playing can be. It definitely is a unique experience seeing characters come to life in each person's iteration.
No matter it's faults, Star Trek Misson New York was a success.
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An all-new original Star Trek fan experience launches in the birthplace of the Star Trek convention with Star Trek: Mission New York at the Javits Center in New York City from September 2nd to 4th in 2016.
This three-day event will be the ultimate destination for Star Trek fans, filled with interactive exhibits, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, screenings and much more. Its creation adds to a year filled with Star Trek events and experiences celebrating the franchise’s milestone 50th anniversary.
The arrival of Star Trek: Mission New York marks the return of the Star Trek fan fest to the Big Apple. The first Star Trek convention, which helped spark the fast-growing experiential fan event industry, took place January 21-23, 1972 at the Statler Hotel – now the Hotel Pennsylvania. Originally planned for 500 guests, the event became an instant blockbuster with more than 3,000 in attendance. ReedPOP, global experts at producing and curating the world’s best fan experiences, will develop a unique program that will entertain and engage thousands of Star Trek fans for a new and different stand-alone experience.
“Star Trek fans set the gold standard of what these type of experiential events are all about, truly establishing this industry that we’ve been so proud to be a part of,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “Star Trek: Mission New York will be a completely unique fan event unlike anything seen before, giving them the chance to go beyond panels and autograph signings, and immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe.”
Special guests, including your favorite Star Trek cast and crew members, spend their days at Star Trek: Mission New York interacting with Fans in the Autographing Area, taking Photo Ops with Fans, hanging out on the show floor in Exhibitor Booths, and participating in Panel discussions on the main stage.
Confirmed so far are Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy), Anthony Montgomery (ENSIGN TRAVIS MAYWEATHER), Armin Shimerman (QUARK), Cirroc Lofton (JAKE SISCO), Connor Trinneer (COMMANDER CHARLES TUCKER III), Dominic Keating (LT. COMMANDER MALCOM REED), Ethan Phillips (NEELIX), John Billingsley (DOCTOR PHLOX), Kate Mulgrew (CAPTAIN KATHRYN JANEWAY), Nana Visitor (KIRA NERYS), Rene Auberjonois (CONSTABLE ODO), Robert Beltran (COMMANDER CHAKOTAY), Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. TOM PARIS), Robert Picardo (THE DOCTOR), Robin Curtis (LIEUTENANT SAAVIK), Gates McFadden (Doctor Beverly Crusher), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William Riker), Levar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf), Terry Farrell (Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax), and William Shatner (Captain Kirk).